Jewish Atheist

An agnostic atheist perspective
from a once orthodox Jew.

Cuffs, coughs, guns, traffic, kids, colleges, illegal substances, balloon dances, hikes, $400 cabs, threats of impoverishment, promise of success… It’s been a really fucked up couple of days… And it ain’t over yet!

eretzyisrael:

An unlearned shepherd used to pray by singing, “Dear G-d, if You have sheep, I will care for Your sheep. If You are hungry, I will give You my radishes. If You’re very hungry, I will give You all my radishes.”
A rabbi walked by, and overheard the song. ”Poor man,” thought the rabbi, “No one has ever taught him how to pray.” The rabbi spent the whole afternoon with the shepherd, teaching him the prayers; when to open his eyes, and when to close, when to stand, sit, bow, whisper, etc. 
The shepherd was very grateful, and promised to pray properly from now on.
The next day, however, the shepherd grew very afraid because he couldn’t remember all the details. Rather than pray wrong, he simply did his work.
Up in Heaven, G-d had a terrible day. The universe was scanned, and G-d saw that the shepherd’s prayer was missing.
An angel was dispatched to ask, “Why aren’t you praying?” 
The shepherd explained. The angel brought the shepherd to Heaven, where the entire Heavenly court, with all its myriads of angels, had just begun to pray. 
Singing as only angels can, half the Heavenly host chanted, “Dear G-d, if you have sheep…” And the other half answered, “I will care for your sheep!”
"If you are hungry…""I will give you my radishes!"
The shepherd wept, understanding at last the importance of his prayer, the prayer of his heart.

Believe it or not, I’m not actually going to make fun of this already ridiculous story. I just think it’s interesting to consider how much time is wasted on teaching people how to allegedly relate to a strange omni-being instead of teaching them morals for the real world. You got people who have great devotion to god and god’s perspective, but have zero empathy for the plight of their fellow humans (or even animals). 
Sad waste of time. Though I guess this story could be understood as “the thought that counts”, and that’s a decent lesson for anyone… as long as they’re not too narrow-minded to extrapolate. 

eretzyisrael:

An unlearned shepherd used to pray by singing, “Dear G-d, if You have sheep, I will care for Your sheep. If You are hungry, I will give You my radishes. If You’re very hungry, I will give You all my radishes.”

A rabbi walked by, and overheard the song. ”Poor man,” thought the rabbi, “No one has ever taught him how to pray.” The rabbi spent the whole afternoon with the shepherd, teaching him the prayers; when to open his eyes, and when to close, when to stand, sit, bow, whisper, etc. 

The shepherd was very grateful, and promised to pray properly from now on.

The next day, however, the shepherd grew very afraid because he couldn’t remember all the details. Rather than pray wrong, he simply did his work.

Up in Heaven, G-d had a terrible day. The universe was scanned, and G-d saw that the shepherd’s prayer was missing.

An angel was dispatched to ask, “Why aren’t you praying?” 

The shepherd explained. The angel brought the shepherd to Heaven, where the entire Heavenly court, with all its myriads of angels, had just begun to pray. 

Singing as only angels can, half the Heavenly host chanted, “Dear G-d, if you have sheep…” And the other half answered, “I will care for your sheep!”

"If you are hungry…""I will give you my radishes!"

The shepherd wept, understanding at last the importance of his prayer, the prayer of his heart.

Believe it or not, I’m not actually going to make fun of this already ridiculous story. I just think it’s interesting to consider how much time is wasted on teaching people how to allegedly relate to a strange omni-being instead of teaching them morals for the real world. You got people who have great devotion to god and god’s perspective, but have zero empathy for the plight of their fellow humans (or even animals).

Sad waste of time. Though I guess this story could be understood as “the thought that counts”, and that’s a decent lesson for anyone… as long as they’re not too narrow-minded to extrapolate. 

(Source: facebook.com)

so glad I ain’t doing a lick of passover cleaning =]

so glad I ain’t doing a lick of passover cleaning =]

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women earn $.75 for every $1.00 a man earns?…. How’d they work out that sweet royalty deal? ;{P

Going to the poconos for the weekend with some friends… then going straight to CT to work on a 3-day field trip with the museum I’m hoping will hire me.

So yeah, won’t be very active the next few days. Good luck with passover everyone.

jewishatheist:

50 Cent joins Shabot6000 for the passover seder.

Honestly, I really love the feel of this video. It’s slightly surreal, creepy, and funny. Check it out yo!

P.s. Those frogs look high as hell, lol

eretzyisrael:

Passover can be nice, or it can be transformative. It’ll be here in less than three weeks. To make it count, I work now.

The search for chametz, or crumbs of leavened foods, is a spiritual practice. As I inspect each room of my home, I ask, “What were my misdeeds here?” 
…

What I find interesting about things like this is that they can be really terrific ways to introspect (though this one seems a bit too glum for me), and really good ways to live and grow - but they really have absolutely nothing to do with the original commandment. 

To me, it’s really a good demonstration of how people take rote rituals whose origin may be unknown or boring or shockingly primitive - and revamps it with modern ideas. Or hell, if it was with old ideas. Still: It’s trying to infuse personal meaning and helpful ideas into a practice which, frankly, lacks it on its own.
So when people ask what I have as an atheist by ways to grow as a person, I’m often thinking, “what am I actually missing?” Cause most of the feel-good stuff I hear really isn’t from the torah, and the stuff the torah does offer really isn’t very appealing. (aside from all the other reasons I would object a mythical divine code.) But more important than that: It demonstrates that will infuse our actions with meaning. We don’t need meaning to be handed to us from on high. We can create our own meanings, rituals, and meditations to achieve whatever goals we want - and the religious people do too!

p.s. this cartoon is awesome.

eretzyisrael:

Passover can be nice, or it can be transformative. It’ll be here in less than three weeks. To make it count, I work now.

The search for chametz, or crumbs of leavened foods, is a spiritual practice. As I inspect each room of my home, I ask, “What were my misdeeds here?” 

What I find interesting about things like this is that they can be really terrific ways to introspect (though this one seems a bit too glum for me), and really good ways to live and grow - but they really have absolutely nothing to do with the original commandment.

To me, it’s really a good demonstration of how people take rote rituals whose origin may be unknown or boring or shockingly primitive - and revamps it with modern ideas. Or hell, if it was with old ideas. Still: It’s trying to infuse personal meaning and helpful ideas into a practice which, frankly, lacks it on its own.

So when people ask what I have as an atheist by ways to grow as a person, I’m often thinking, “what am I actually missing?” Cause most of the feel-good stuff I hear really isn’t from the torah, and the stuff the torah does offer really isn’t very appealing. (aside from all the other reasons I would object a mythical divine code.) But more important than that: It demonstrates that will infuse our actions with meaning. We don’t need meaning to be handed to us from on high. We can create our own meanings, rituals, and meditations to achieve whatever goals we want - and the religious people do too!

p.s. this cartoon is awesome.

(Source: facebook.com)

emilyofhousetargaryen asked: It's quite funny that they clear out the wall because people claim they find old letters by their parents or something and weird things about the answer to their questions Which can't be real if they empty it at pesach

I think they empty them more than once a year! But yeah, I’m skeptical of those super nifty super coincidence stories.

cheers =]


American soldier and his English girlfriend on lawn in Hyde Park, one of the favorite haunts of US troops stationed in England, photo by Ralph Morse, London, May 1944

American soldier and his English girlfriend on lawn in Hyde Park, one of the favorite haunts of US troops stationed in England, photo by Ralph Morse, London, May 1944

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I get bored during services

every jew ever (via jewfessions)

I took prayer pretty seriously back in the day, but if you don’t ever get bored I just won’t believe you - or you’re way too easily amused.

So this is a bumper sticker I’ve seen around my neighborhood for awhile.. honestly, it sounds positively creepy and threatening.
"Because the way you think, becomes the way you feel… becomes who you are. Forever!"
Yikes, could be the tagline for a scary movie.

So this is a bumper sticker I’ve seen around my neighborhood for awhile.. honestly, it sounds positively creepy and threatening.

"Because the way you think, becomes the way you feel… becomes who you are. Forever!"

Yikes, could be the tagline for a scary movie.